There are a number of very LEGITIMATE reasons why we can feel ABSOLUTELY DONE. Stress, life events, illness and the list goes on and on. Here are some small signs that you need to take action to improve your health and energy levels.
1. You forget what in the world you were doing almost immediately. Drawing blanks.
Did you know that when you are under stress, the stress hormones actually counteract your abilities to recall from your memory. It's a brain thing. Add in maybe not sleeping well.
"During sleep, your brain replays whatever you learned that day and moves it into long-term storage." ~Sandra Ackermann, PhD (University of Zurich).
Meaning if you are sleeping and have been stressed out all day, this process just doesn't happen.
2. Your cuts take longer to heal
We are talking about a little cut or maybe something bigger. The healing process includes producing collagen, forming blood clots and recruiting cells to protect against germs. However, when you are stressed, your body has higher levels of chemicals called glucocorticoids, which suppress your immune system. Think about it like this, when you are stressed, your body thinks it needs to fight or run, not spend energy worrying about healing. So this makes your little ouchies heal more slowly, giving you a small sign that you are stressed out and your adrenals are in hyperdrive.
3. Ladies ... your cramps are AWFUL
Stress can make your period late. And awful. This is because the hypothalamus, the regulatory center of the brain, senses that your body is RUNNING ON EMPTY, and so delays the release of the egg. I mean, really, why release an egg if you're not going to be able to support a pregnancy?
Or you feel super frazzled during "that week". Studies have shown that women feel way more frazzled and out of control, due to the adrenals not being able to produce hormones in balance, so you FEEL CRAZY.
4. Your digestion is a MESS
Reflux. Constipation. IBS. blah blah blah. Stress can alter gut secretions and slow or speed up digestion cause lots of issues. The good bacteria in your gut takes a hit. Everything gets off balance. Why do we care. Nutrient absorption. You really need to be using what you're eating. Your immune system is mainly in your gut. You're gut is your second brain. Imagine how you would be doing if your brain was filled with crap. or empty. or chronically inflamed. All due to stress.
5. Scratch scratch scratch
Did you know that the skin's nerve endings release chemical signals called neuropeptides that communicate to the brain "something is wrong" in response to trauma or other stimuli. This is a form of inflammation that can leave you super itchy.
6. Your dreams are wacky
People you are sleep deprived (quantity and/or quality) can have crazy dreams. The super smart people really aren't sure why. They think that maybe it's related to your brain prioritizing REM sleep, the most restorative stage, but also where dreams occur. Also, the fragmentation of the REM cycle can cause you to remember more and for you to pop in and out of REM, instead of the cycle we are designed to go through.
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Look for the little signs. Knowing that "stress" is a real thing, not just a word to be thrown around. And it causes real issues in the body. Left unchecked in the early stages, you get bigger issues. Fertility issues. Depression. Big Digestion Issues. Fibromyalgia. Other autoimmune issues. etc. etc. etc.
These energy / stress issues don't have to get you. And it's not a realistic idea "let's cut out the stress. It's not the external stress that's killing us. It's what we do with it. So fixing these issues MUST be done on a multi-level approach. Heal whats going on. Crowd good stuff in.
Work on dealing with life in a more positive and productive way.
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